Owen, Jennifer

Jennifer Owen
Start date:
October 2014
Research Topic:
‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ – The Hidden Life of Belongings: Self-Storage, Attachment and Divestment
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Jon Anderson, Dr Stephen Burgess and Dr Rachel Hurdley
Supervising school:
School of Planning and Geography,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My research explores the growing phenomenon of self-storage units, both looking at the factors that have contributed to their usage and the ways they have become embedded into everyday material lives.

Whilst it is commonplace to own more possessions, it has also been noted that attic conversions and the size of new builds has led to houses having a distinct lack of necessary storage space that they once afforded. These two factors coupled with more mobile lifestyles and other individual circumstances have necessitated the growing usage of self-storage units.

Despite storage’s intimate nature, containing objects of immense attachment and future value, locating stored materialities in an extension to the home brings up many questions which this research aims to answer.